Baby Steps

Baby Steps is a parent/caregiver program that will assist you in developing your parenting skills. We will help you to understand how your child learns, communicates, and develops. Our monthly programs focus on child development, reading & music, and a fun craft experience. You will learn skills to be a successful first teacher for your child, avoid the “no-no” wars, and understand how your child learns. Free books and diapers are also available each month!

Who We Serve

Baby Steps serves families with children age birth to 3 years, as well as expectant parents. We welcome families throughout Newport County to join our program. Older siblings are always welcome to attend!

Key Features

Prompted by concerns over the dropout rate and the low New England Commission Assessment Program (NECAP) test performance of students from economically disadvantaged families, Baby Steps – modeled after the “Baby College of Harlem” – began in the spring of 2009 through a consortium of educational and social agencies in Newport, RI. Our goals are as follows:

  • Assure that each child, by the age of 3, develops a full and vibrant vocabulary along with social skills that will effectively prepare them for pre-K or kindergarten
  • Assure that parents/caregivers become and remain involved with their child’s education pre-K through grade 12

Resources for Parents

Parenting Program Expanded – (Baby Steps Offering Thursday Evening Sessions), Newport This Week, January 17, 2019 – This feature article shares information about Baby Steps and its expansion of services.

Our Turn: Victor Capellan and Lisa Hildebrand: First Three Years Shape Life’s Success – This Providence Journal opinion article tells parents reading to their children from infancy will positively affect their futures, and it gives some practical advice on the subject. -posted November 24, 2018

Location(s) of the Program

Hours of Operation

Monthly programs for families meet on the 1st Saturday of each month (September-May) from 9:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M., with breakfast served from 9:30 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.  Monthly evening sessions will also take place from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month, beginning January 24, 2019. 

The Baby Steps Coordinator is available on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. (September – May) and by special appointment.

Saturday Mornings

pdf of our monthly program dates for 2018/2019

Thursday Evening Programs

pdf of our Winter/Spring 2019 Thursday evening dates 

How to Register

Please contact Baby Steps Coordinator Jennifer Gee at 401-533-1160 or

How You Can Volunteer

We have many opportunities for volunteers, ranging from participation in our Saturday sessions, to helping solicit donations and assisting with administrative work. Those interested please call 401-533-1160.

Families who participate in the Baby Steps program do so free of charge. Operating costs are raised through annual board giving, community donations and grants. Donations are most welcome and can be made online or by contacting the Baby Steps Coordinator.